Associate Dean for Religious Life and Advisor for Muslim Life

Stanford, California (US)
21 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
21 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Associate Dean for Religious Life and Advisor for Muslim Life


The Associate Dean for Religious Life and Advisor for Muslim Life will serve as a key member of the Office for Religious Life’s multifaith team to guide, nurture, and enhance spiritual life at the University. Reporting to the Dean for Religious Life, they will advise Stanford’s ethnically and culturally diverse Muslim population, working alongside and with students to support a vibrant community on campus. They will also engage the broader University community, providing opportunities to facilitate religious practice, foster communities of belonging and engagement across difference, and promote spiritual wellness in line with our departmental values. 


  • Articulate and reflect the values of the Office for Religious Life across campus.
  • Serve as a religious leader and advisor with and for Muslim students, including the Muslim Student Union.
  • Cultivate meaningful relationships and empower student-led initiatives.
  • Provide vision and ensure leadership for Jumu’ah prayers and Halaqua study on campus along with other small group gatherings based on student interest.
  • Teach, advise, and mentor about religious issues, justice, ethics and values.
  • Hold regular office hours to support, guide, and counsel students.
  • Ensure practitioners of Islam are able to observe practices, without undue burden. This position will ensure best-practices for inclusion, equity and foster a sense of community and belonging.
  • Design, direct, and facilitate engaging interfaith opportunities that foster belonging and community across campus. This will include thoughtful facilitation of dialogue, meaningful framing of pressing issues of the day, and the ability to hold space for students to explore multiple identities.
  • Provide opportunities for religious access and spiritual care to underserved and underrepresented communities on campus, working in close collaboration with colleagues in Student Affairs. This includes engaging and caring for students who have felt alienated or marginalized in religious spaces.
  • Provide thoughtful and compassionate spiritual care for students, faculty, staff, alumni and other members of the university community.
  • Console bereaved members of the community through attentive and sensitive spiritual care, including shaping meaningful services and providing a calm, non-anxious presence in times of tragedy. 
  • Mentor chaplain interns and provide supervision and counsel for those working in partnership with ORL.
  • Serve on University committees at the request of the Dean to support the work of the broader campus community.

* - Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

Master of Divinity (M.Div) and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience. A Master’s degree in Muslim Chaplaincy, Islamic Studies, Religious Studies, or Theology is strongly preferred with five years of relevant experience including specific experience nurturing Muslim religious life, developing and supporting student leadership, and fostering vibrant interfaith engagement. Candidates must have significant experience in higher education chaplaincy and interfaith team leadership.  Clinical Pastoral Education is preferred.

Applicants from diverse religious communities and with experience working in and among historically marginalized communities are encouraged to apply.


  • Frequently sitting.
  • Occasionally perform desk-based computer tasks, stand/walk, writing by hand, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job. 

May work evening and weekend hours.

Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

How to Apply

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The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.